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Chef’s Table Cape Town in the home of Chef Santi Louzán

Chef’s Table Cape Town in the home of Chef Santi Louzán

Chef Santi Louzán is the perfect Chef to launch a Chef’s table in his home in Cape Town.   He is warm, welcoming, creative, a showman and one of the most charismatic people I have ever met.  Santi hails from Galicia in Spain.  Here he learnt from his Mom and Granny to “love the ingredients” – he was surrounded by artisans and family members who were farmers and fisherman.   In his teens he moved to England with his family.   He started at…

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New Hip Zones in Cape Town – Bree Street

New Hip Zones in Cape Town – Bree Street

Cape Town is a creative hub and with the artists come artisans who are channeling their creativity into the food and entertainment world.  This creativity is best felt and experienced by exploring areas of the inner city and its fringe areas e.g. – Bo-Kaap, De Waterkant and Woodstock.   The trend over the last few years has been a return to artisan roots and to support the smaller local artisanal businesses.   There is a very public shift away from big brands eg Illy…

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The Dog’s Bollocks grows its family to include the Bitches Tits & Deluxe Coffee

The Dog’s Bollocks grows its family to include the Bitches Tits & Deluxe Coffee

The Dog’s Bollocks has found a wife and she has the slightly rude name that I am sure must be grabbing drivers attention as they head down Buitenkant Street.   The Dog’s Bollocks are now serving breakfast and lunch – admittedly all under different names – what a fabulously unusual approach!   At the back of the L-shaped property Deluxe micro coffee roastery have moved onto the property. I headed down there yesterday to try their new delicious sounding sandwich…

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Exciting news: New V&A Market on the Wharf to open in November 2012

Exciting news: New V&A Market on the Wharf to open in November 2012

3 1/2 years ago Ruth Munitz approached the V&A Waterfront with the idea of starting a fresh produce market.  At the time, Cape Town was not used to having foodie markets and the Waterfront did not agree with her proposal for a market where people could buy fresh produce from artisenal vendors and local producers.  A few months ago she was however contacted by the Waterfront and asked to be one of four people contacted to submit a tender proposal…

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Cafe Mozart plays again!

Cafe Mozart plays again!

Cafe Mozart has been an institution in Cape Town’s inner city for 37  years. It was always quirky and fun with Mozart’s music gently playing in the background – but gradually it became a shabby chic spot and then it just felt shabby!  Enter the Madame Zingara group in 2010 and it once again became shabby chic and quirky…..with fab food….and great ambiance.  A winning combo for Cape Town!    I was quite amused to receive an invite from the…

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Don Pedro is back – and it’s fabulous again!

Don Pedro is back – and it’s fabulous again!

Don Pedro’s was a legend in Cape Town for many years – it was a spot where everyone turned up to hang out in the early hours of the morning after partying all over town. Slowly it became run down and more and more dingy. It was bought last year by the Madame Zingara group – its owner Richard is flamboyant and owns the wonderful tented Madame Zingara theatre/circus which has been a run away success in this country.  This later…

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What’s cooking in the Cape Winelands?

What’s cooking in the Cape Winelands?

Chef’s Table at the Liam Tomlin Culinary Studio in Franschhoek A number of friends kept mentioning that an amazing cooking studio had recently been opened in Franschhoek by the famous Aussie Chef Liam Tomlin in conjunction with Leopard’s Leap Wines.  I was desperate to get there to check it out!  But alas my little touring company was fully booked for March and then April whizzed by…..so finally I got there in May.   The school offers a variety of hands…

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Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The South China Dim Sum Bar in Long Street

Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The South China Dim Sum Bar in Long Street

It is such exciting times – Cape Town has its first Dim Sum Bar!!  Quirky!! Seriously quirky. Ed & Clint saved their money from working weekends at the City Bowl Market in town and used it to transform an absolute hole of a spot in Long Street into a fab and funky little Dim Sum Bar.  This spot was formerly a very tiny night club with solid black walls.  One can see that this restaurant has been decorated on a…

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Bruce Robertson’s new venture – dining in his home in Scarborough Cape Town – The Boat House

Bruce Robertson’s new venture – dining in his home in Scarborough Cape Town – The Boat House

From 1 February Bruce Robertson, one of South Africa’s most well known chefs (former owner of the Showroom in Cape Town), will be opening a spot that celebrates  “The Art of Table d’ Hôte” – ie the opportunity to dine in his home in Scarborough.  The new venture is called The Boat House.  This is really exciting as I have been watching this trend on the television in a number of documentaries – it has become very popular in New York.  In…

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Paternoster – an amazing foodie retreat in the Cape that is well off the beaten track.

Paternoster – an amazing foodie retreat in the Cape that is well off the beaten track.

Paternoster is my favourite gourmet retreat in the Western Cape.   It is literally in the middle of nowhere –  two and half hours drive from Cape Town.  Here you can experience a little foodie paradise.  It would be a drawcard just for the food – but there is a reason that the foodies wish to retreat out here – the place is quite simply beautiful. Paternoster is located on a beach on our dry coastline – the West Coast….

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